Top Questions About Foxglove Plants

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Questions About Foxglove Plants

Asked by
MaryIn on
July 17, 2012

Q. foxglove

Do Foxglove only bloom one time? After blooming, do I need to cut the stem off? Also, is it the same with Lupine? Thanks so much for the reply!

Answered by
Heather on
July 25, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

Foxgloves are biennials. The first year after they germinate, they do not flower. The second year, they flower and produce seeds, then they die. Because of this, it is best to leave the flowers on so that they can reseed themselves and you can continue to enjoy them.

Lupines are technically perennials, but they have a short lifespan of only a few years. You can remove the flowers if you want, but you may want to leave a few intact to reseed the plant when it inevitably dies.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 17, 2014

Q. Foxgloves

I have a group of foxgloves that are looking a little grizzly and battered after this cold winter. I’ve started cleaning out the beds today. Could you give me any advice on maintaining these better? This is the second year of growing; they are due to bloom. Thanks!

Answered by
Nikki on
February 17, 2014
Certified Expert
Asked by
Foxyglove on
June 15, 2015
East Sussex UK

Q. foxglove flowers pointing upwards

I have a foxglove growing with the flowers pointing upwards. Why? We have always had lots of foxgloves in the garden which self-seed every year. This year one had grown with the individual flower cups hanging upwards instead of downwards. I wondered why and if this was unusual.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 15, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Digitalis purpurea 'Candy Mountain' has beautiful purple flowers that face up, not down!
Very pretty specimen in your garden.
Here is a link about Foxgloves.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/foxglove/foxglove-flowers.htm

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Asked by
gmcg119 on
July 3, 2015
Pennsylvania

Q. why are my foxglove’s leaves turning yellow?

Recently I planted a foxglove in my garden in partial shade. I live in Pennsylvania, so the summer is very hot with moderate rainfall. The plant’s leaves are turning yellow, and I can’t determine why. I have not fertilized the foxglove, but everything else around it seems ok. Any ideas?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 3, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Yellowing leaves on plants generally occur when there are watering issues.
Either to much or to little.
A newly planted perennial needs daily water, and even twice daily if temperatures are above 85 degrees.

Make sure you water around the plant crown. Don't water directly into the plant center, this can cause the plant to rot.
Well draining soil is very important.

Here is a link with care information for your foxglove (one of my favorites!)

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/foxglove/foxglove-flowers.htm

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Asked by
bryjul654 on
August 6, 2015
I live in Northern Kentucky, across from Cincinnati.

Q. overwatering foxglove

I have one Foxglove in Northern Kentucky, I watered it a lot, and now the stems are bent and feel waterlogged. Is there such a thing as overwatering a Foxglove?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 6, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Yes, you can over water foxgloves, just as you can other plants. While they like to be kept moist, they should not be waterlogged. Allow the soil to dry somewhat before adding more water. If the plant is currently suffering from too much moisture, definitely let it dry some. It should perk up on its own.

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Asked by
chaoskev on
April 28, 2016
greensboro NC

Q. Potted foxglove

It’s in a huge pot on my patio but showing no signs of life yet here in central NC. Should I give up on it?

Kevin

Answered by
kh0001 on
April 29, 2016
A.

Keep in mind Foxglove doesn't start blooming till June, so it may simply be slow starting this year, especially if your temperatures have been colder than normal. There should also be plenty of space around it (at least 6" around the base of the plant) and good drainage.

Make sure it's getting the right amount of water, and here is an article that may help you continue to care for it:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/foxglove/foxglove-flowers.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 10, 2016

Q. Can I grow Foxglove in a pot?

We just purchased a foxglove and are wondering if it is possible to repot it into something larger to keep on our deck. Would we be able to bring it in for the winter and put it back out next year?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 10, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Yes - foxglove can be a container plant which can be brought inside for the winter months.

For more information on growing foxglove, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/foxglove/foxglove-flowers.htm

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